No one knows what Jim Harbaugh’s going to do next. We just know it’ll be very entertaining.

Jim Harbaugh might leave for the NFL. He might not. We’ll all be winners either way.

The college football season has come and gone, and soon enough, there’ll be a new Super Bowl champion. It’s a reminder that a dark spring and summer (I’ll find time to go outside eventually, alright? Please don’t judge.) lie ahead. Despite the action on the field winding down, a question on the tip of everyone’s tongues in the football world remains (well, sort of):

What is Jim Harbaugh, son of Jack, brother of John, the first of his name, going to do next?

In case you’re not up to speed, the current Michigan Wolverines head coach, fresh off a College Football Playoff berth and the best season Ann Arbor’s seen in years, might be looking for a new gig. Hey, who among us? We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Now would be a great time to soul-search, blaze new trails, see new worlds—yes, even if you’re a multi-millionaire football coach.

The latest sentiment and rumblings appear to center around the 58-year-old Harbaugh cashing in his chips and taking over in Las Vegas.

Harbaugh in Vegas would be fascinating if only it meant we got to see his trademark theatrics and dramatics on an NFL sideline again. Don’t you want to hear Tony Romo waving his arms wildly or Troy Aikman making a deadpan joke over a replay of him yelling and laughing all at once? No? Am I the only one?

No offense, but if Raiders were to be good under his stead again, well, that’s just icing on the cake. The Theater of Harbaugh comes first.

Where the plot thickens is that Harbaugh has long been a part of the football world’s rumor mill when it comes to taking another job. While the Wolverines are his beloved, cherished, darling, sacred (insert any other adjectives about love) alma mater, the underlying assumption has always been that he’d prefer to hoist a Lombardi Trophy in the NFL first and foremost.

And after leading Michigan to the Playoff (let’s be honest: that’s probably the ceiling if Nick Saban, among other SEC titans, has anything to say about it), now would be the perfect time to jump back to the League and finish what he started years ago in Santa Clara, er, San Francisco.

Harbaugh has reportedly discussed extensions with Michigan, but these sorts of matters are ever-mercurial and fickle, especially when it comes to the mind of a football coach. (Not necessarily a “normal” person.)

In that respect, you can’t count out a potential move to Chicago either, where Harbaugh was the starting quarterback for six seasons (1987-1993). Getting the opportunity to coach Justin Fields would be the envy of many young first-timers, let alone someone respected and established like Harbaugh. (Plus, Mike Ditka has been someone he has said he counts as a mentor. Uh, it’s 2022, but we’ll disregard this part.)

Of course, neither the Raiders nor Bears have expressed any official interest in Harbaugh as of yet. Indeed, all of this is some juicy rumor-mongering (albeit from some plugged-in, big-time reporters). If any interviews are being conducted behind the scenes, count this writer shocked that the Davis and McCaskey families, of quite literally anyone, have managed to keep them under wraps.

Should Harbaugh make the eventual jump back to the NFL, he’ll leave behind a Michigan squad expected to return 11 starters, which has +5000 odds to win next year’s National Championship, according to Tipico. Aidan Hutchinson might be leaving for the NFL, but that does not mean Michigan won’t still be a force. Those odds would, of course, place the Wolverines at No. 5 behind only Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, and the defending champion, Georgia.

So, yeah, again: At or near a ceiling of qualifying for the Playoff (which isn’t that easy to do, to be precise), but not much else.

Whatever Harbaugh decides about his coaching future in the coming days, he can be sure the football world will be waiting with bated breath.

After all, once the games disappear and the stadium lights flick off: What else do we have to look forward to?

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Why Alabama’s loss in the CFP means the Patriots are a lock to win the Super Bowl

When Nick Saban loses, Bill Belichick wins.

It’s a great time to be a fan of the New England Patriots, and it all has to do with…Alabama head coach Nick Saban?

Saban’s team fell to Georgia on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship, his fourth loss in the eight-year history of the CFP. Each of the previous three times, Bill Belichick and the Patriots won the Super Bowl that same year.

In fact, from 2014 to 2018, Belichick and Saban took turns winning titles in alternate years.

2014: Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX over Seahawks (Alabama lose in CFP semis to Ohio State)

2015: Alabama wins CFP title game over Clemson (Patriots lose AFC Championship to Broncos)

2016: Patriots win Super Bowl LI over Falcons (Alabama lose CFP title game to Clemson)

2017: Alabama wins CFP title game over Georgia (Patriots lose Super Bowl LII to Eagles)

2018: Patriots win Super Bowl LIII over Rams (Alabama lose CFP title game to Clemson)

2019: Neither team wins a title

2020: Alabama wins CFP title game over Ohio State (Patriots miss playoffs)

For those who believe the universe is conspiring to make sure one of these two coaching legends win a title almost every year (but not in the same year), it’s a good time to put money on the Pats. New England has +2000 odds on Tipico Sportsbook to win Super Bowl LVI, tied for eighth longest of any team in the playoffs.

The precedent actually extends beyond the CFP – kind of. Prior to 2014, the Pats’ previous Super Bowl title came in 2004. That predates the CFP and Saban’s time, but it was another year Saban lost a bowl game. It was his final year with LSU and they lost in the Capital One Bowl (now known as the Citrus Bowl). 2003 is the only time the two have won titles in the same year.

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9 fun and weird stats from Georgia’s national championship victory over Alabama

The world was a little different the last time Georgia won a college football national championship.

It finally, finally, finally happened for the Georgia Bulldogs. After running up a seven-game losing streak to Alabama, Georgia came out on top in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game, winning 33-18 in a rematch of this season’s SEC title game.

The Bulldogs have been waiting decades for this moment, and when defensive back Kelee Ringo picked off Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with about a minute left in the game, it was all over.

National championship games often produce fun, interesting and weird stats — especially when you have two coaches like Kirby Smart and Nick Saban going at it. So here are nine of our favorites from Monday night’s national championship matchup.

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Quavo finally got revenge on Drake with a bet on Georgia to win the National Championship game

“I need my chips with the dip”

My my, how the tables have turned in 2022.

Normally, when Drake bets on teams or picks teams to win big games it does not go well. The history of the Drake sports curse is well documented. It was so good, in fact, that he used it against the 76ers back in 2019 to get the Raptors to the NBA Finals.

Only two teams have survived the curse to my knowledge. They are those same Toronto Raptors and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Back in 2018 during that year’s Alabama vs. Georgia National Championship game, Drake made a bet with Atlanta native Quavo on the Crimson Tide and we were almost certain it meant doom for Nick Saban and the gang.

We were wrong. Bama won. So Drake also won. He told Quavo he needed his “chips with the Huncho Jack dip.”

Fast forward to 2022, though, and it’s a different story. The two teams met again with, obviously, a different outcome. Now, the metaphorical chips and dip have changed hands. Drake owes Quavo money.

And Drake, apparently, ain’t picking up the phone.

Naaaah you absolutely hate to see it. Don’t be a poor sport, Drake. Run that man his money.

This is absolutely hilarious.

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Microphones picked up the classy postgame exchange between Nick Saban and Kirby Smart

All class.

Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship between Georgia and Alabama was a matchup of two very familiar opponents. They faced off in the SEC title game this year. They’ve previously met in the national title game. And it was a battle of two coaches who know each other extremely well.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart goes back two decades with Alabama’s Nick Saban. He was on Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004 and rejoined him with the Dolphins and Alabama where he spent eight seasons. So yeah, they’re close friends. And when Georgia finally found a way to beat Alabama and claim that elusive national title, Saban was thrilled for Smart — even if it meant balancing his own disappointment.

That relationship played out in an incredibly classy postgame handshake following the Bulldogs’ 33-18 win.

Microphones picked up Saban telling Smart that Georgia “kicked our ass” in the fourth quarter, which was true — Georgia took over in the final frame.

Smart immediately responded by asking about Alabama receiver Jameson Williams who left in the first half with a knee injury. Saban told Smart that they suspected Williams suffered a torn ACL.

Saban ended the exchange with a “God bless you” and made his way to the locker room. That’s how it should be done. It was class all around.

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Early odds for the 2023 CFP title show Georgia and Alabama aren’t going anywhere

Could we see the Bulldogs run it back in 2023?

While Georgia was busy Monday night celebrating its first national championship since 1980, oddsmakers were at work deciding lines for next year’s title favorite.

To no surprise at all, the two teams with the best odds to win the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship are the two who just got done playing. Georgia and Alabama are tied for the shortest odds to win it all at +200, followed by Ohio State at +800 and Clemson at +1000.

The two teams at the top make sense considering they are perennially amongst the best in the country, and since 2017, they’ve both recruited top-five classes, according to 247Sports. That includes the top-two classes in 2019 and 2020.

Rounding out the list of odds available on Tipico Sportsbook are Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida and Michigan all tied at +4000. Miami and Penn State are tied at +6000, and Tennessee, North Carolina, USC, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are tied at +8000.

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The Georgia Bulldogs are your National Champions, get your official National Championship gear now, where to buy

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The Georgia Bulldogs are your 2021 National Champions for the first time since 1980. If there’s a will there’s a way and Kirby Smart was able to pull off the inevitable against Nick Saban and Alabama last night.

Georgia fans can now represent their team with the official gear, Go Dawgs! Click on the photos below or check out all the official merchandise right here.

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Oregon fans, players are so excited after new head coach Dan Lanning winning championship at Georgia

Oregon fans got to see how good Georgia’s defense looked when coached by Dan Lanning.

Before taking over as head coach for the Oregon Ducks, Dan Lanning had one job to do: Win a national championship for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Lanning, who began his time as the defensive coordinator for Georgia in 2019 and will take over for Mario Cristobal as Oregon’s head coach next season, was able to accomplish exactly that win a win over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Georgia’s defense looked especially strong during the entirety of the College Football Playoff. They held Michigan to just 11 points in the semifinals, then intercepted Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young two times in the National Championship Game.

But the next time that Lanning will see many of the players, they will be on the opposite end of the field. Oregon’s first game with Lanning as head coach is in Atlanta against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022.

Until then, however, many Oregon fans and players were excited to celebrate Georgia’s huge win over Alabama. Here is what some of them tweeted after the game:

Stetson Bennett’s post-championship celebration led to this amazing Good Morning America appearance

Let Stetson sleep, y’all. He needs it.

I think it’s safe to say Stetson Bennett had a pretty good time last night. It’s almost a requirement to go out and have a bit of fun after winning a national championship in the College Football Playoff.

Especially when you’re the quarterback? And you made the biggest throw of the game in the 4th quarter to put your team up? Yeah, you deserve to have a bit of fun.

And, clearly, Bennett did. We know because he showed up for his Good Morning America interview looking like he needed quite a few cups of coffee.

Y’all. My guy looks like he didn’t sleep at all.

Michael Strahan greets him so enthusiastically. “Stetson, good morning my friend. How are you feeling after that incredible performance last night? Have you had a chance to get any sleep?”

We all know the answer is no. But Stetson says “You know, a few hours. Um, not many. Been wondering about…yeah, no, not many.”

Not many, huh? Yeah, this face definitely looks like less than one.

So I guess “not many” is an accurate way to describe this? Get that boy some coffee. Maybe some Pedialyte, too? The party isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Twitter had so many jokes about this. Poor Stetson.

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Nick Saban made classiest move with Bryce Young and Will Anderson during championship loss press conference

It would go a long way to hear a coach say this.

Nick Saban has won seven national championships, which is why so many top recruits choose Alabama. But he provided another reason on Monday.

Despite defeating Georgia in the SEC Championship Game back in December, Saban’s Crimson Tide fell to Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

After the loss, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (who won the most recent Heisman Trophy) and Will Anderson (who won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for defensive player of the year) finished up a press conference with Saban.

But before they could make their way to the locker rooms to change out of their uniforms, Saban stopped the two stars and asked reporters if he could say one more thing.

Saban, who could tell Young and Anderson both felt dejected by the loss, had this to say:

“You know, these two guys who are sitting up here? They’re not defined by one game. These guys played great for us all year. They’re great competitors. They were great leaders on this team. They contributed tremendously to the success of this team and we would not be here without them. Both of them take responsibility for the loss but both of them contributed in a lot of ways, in a positive way, to giving us a chance to win and a chance to be here to have an opportunity to win. So I just want to thank them for that and let everyone know how proud I am of these two guys.”

While the sting of losing a national championship game has got to hurt, it would go a long way to have a coach go out of their way to show that kind of appreciation for the effort along the way.

Even though the moment was primarily to help lift the spirits of the players, perhaps there were some young football players watching the interaction that may feel more inclined to want to play for Saban after seeing the compassion he showed Young and Anderson.

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